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JetBlue aircraft hit by lightning, forced to return to LAX

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 17:24:33-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A JetBlue plane had to return to Los Angeles shortly after takeoff after being struck by lightning, City News Service reports.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, flight 324 was hit by lightning at 10:45 a.m.

Officials with the FAA and LAX confirm that no one was injured. The flight was en route to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

RELATED: Today's forecast for San Diego County

The plane landed safely around 11:30 a.m., LAX says. The plane is scheduled to undergo a safety inspection before flying again.

An airport weather warning is in effect for San Diego County until 3:15 p.m. Thursday due to the storm. The rain could also make for a hectic commute for drivers. A flood advisory is in place until 4:15 along the coast in San Diego County.

The incident occurred as the first round of storms moved into Southern California Thursday.

A second and third round of storms will move through Saturday through Monday with Saturday’s storm expected to be the most powerful of the three systems.